The Twenty First Sunday After Trinity
GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful
people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed
from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephesians 6:10-20
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints? and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
The Gospel. John 4:46-54
So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, ?Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.? The nobleman said to Him, ?Sir, come down before my child dies!? Jesus said to him, ?Go your way; your son lives.? So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, ?Your son lives!? Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, ?Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.? So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, ?Your son lives.? And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.